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About

Filastine & Nova are a multimedia duo working to undermine borders. Their music collides electronic beat production with dense layers of voice, concréte sounds, analogue synths and strings. Spin magazine calls it "bass music for crumbling urban futures," and Pitchfork says "they sound less like `world' music and more like ...

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Publicist
Lex Lindsey
812-339-1195

Current News

  • 03/24/201704/28/2017

Folk for Uncertain Futures: Filastine’s Border-Hacking Polyphony Uses Roots and Beats to Rally Against Xenophobia

Album release April 28, 2017 (CD, 12" vinyl, & online)
Video single Perbatasan out March 31, 2017
World tour starts April 22, 2017 

Drapetomania (release date: April 28, 2017) is a new collaboration between Barcelona’s veteran producer Grey Filastine and Indonesian neo-soul vocalist Nova Ruth. Electronic and acoustic, pop and wildly experimental, from roots music to future bass, Drapetomania is an audio strike against xenophobia, proposing a borderless and polyphonic...

Press

  • Pop Matters, Video premiere, 05/25/2016, Filastine - "The Cleaner (Abandon Part II)" (video) (premiere) Text
  • Music Clip of the Day, Feature story, 05/27/2016, Friday, May 27th - Filastine, “The Cleaner”
  • Albuquerque Journal, Event preview, 05/27/2016, Concerts and films rock the yard Text
  • New Orleans Local, 05/31/2016, FILASTINE June 3 LIVE @Castillo Blanco Arts Studio Text
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News

04/28/2017, Album Release, "Drapetomania"
03/24/201704/28/2017, Folk for Uncertain Futures: Filastine’s Border-Hacking Polyphony Uses Roots and Beats to Rally Against Xenophobia
Release
04/28/2017
Release
04/28/2017
Release Format
Album
Release Type
Digital & Physical
Release Title
Drapetomania
Drapetomania is a new collaboration between Barcelona’s veteran producer Grey Filastine and Indonesian neo-soul vocalist Nova Ruth. Electronic and acoustic, pop and wildly experimental, from roots music to future bass, Drapetomania is an audio strike against xenophobia, proposing a borderless and polyphonic world. MORE» More»

Album release April 28, 2017 (CD, 12" vinyl, & online)
Video single Perbatasan out March 31, 2017
World tour starts April 22, 2017 

Drapetomania (release date: April 28, 2017) is a new collaboration between Barcelona’s veteran producer Grey Filastine and Indonesian neo-soul vocalist Nova Ruth. Electronic and acoustic, pop and wildly experimental, from roots music to future bass, Drapetomania is an audio strike against xenophobia, proposing a borderless and polyphonic world.

The duo made Drapetomania in a series of improvised music studios, from a wooden sailing ship in the Indian Ocean to a dusty village in the Sahara, and in barrios from Brooklyn to Barcelona. The iconic 808 drum machine and analog synths of electronic music were short-circuited by tropical humidity, abraded by dust storms, and saturated with the cacophony of a dozen cities. The duo’s nomadism wasn’t optional, but determined by which countries would let in both nationalities and how long they were allowed to stay. This struggle with borders enters into the lyrics, and even the process, of the album. Perbatasan is inspired by the band’s experience performing in the Calais Jungle migrant camp in France, and was recorded inside the holding cell of a former deportation center.

Filastine’s beat constructions share the loose organic stutter of fellow angelino Flying Lotus, but owe more to North Africa than North America. Syncopated drum patterns and heavy bass pressure come to the foreground on instrumental tracks like the Arabic-inflected footwork of “Blockchainz” and the dark psychedelic trap of “Cleaner.” Former guest vocalist Nova is now a full partner, adding her otherworldly voice and songwriting to tracks like “Fenomena,” “Senescence,” and “Miner.” Long-term Filastine collaborator Brent Arnold contributes lush cello lines across the album.

Drapetomania’s title comes from an 18th century medical diagnosis for the urge of the slave to run away, at that time considered a mental illness. This urge to escape is further explored in Abandon, a suite of four video clips from the album, and in the Drapetomania performance which uses music, cinematic live video, and dance to conjure an emergency exit from the anthropocene.

Release
04/28/2017

10/10/2016, Video Release, "Salarymen"
09/07/201610/10/2016, Atavistic office breakdown: ‘Salarymen’ go wild in third episode of Filastine’s Abandon video series
Release
10/10/2016
Release
10/10/2016
Release Format
Video
Release Title
Salarymen
It is morning in the office of an anonymous startup at the dawn of the digital age, circa 1996. Beige walls entomb data serfs pecking at workstations, unaware that the world is about to flip upside down. Welcome to the latest episode of Abandon, a video series on liberation from work by the artists Filastine. MORE» More»

Release: October 10, 2016

It is morning in the office of an anonymous startup at the dawn of the digital age, circa 1996. Beige walls entomb data serfs pecking at workstations, unaware that the world is about to flip upside down. Welcome to the latest episode of Abandon, a video series on liberation from work by the artists Filastine.

Filastine are an Indonesian and American duo based in Barcelona, who combine bass-heavy electronic music with, image, movement and ideas to trespass borders. They have earned a dedicated international following for their otherworldly music and intense live performances.

Their current project, Abandon, fuses video art, documentary, and music to explore how we sell our time on earth, and the ways we imagine getting free. Each of the four episodes profiles a unique personal revolt against low-valued work: an Indonesian miner, a Portuguese maid, American office workers, and Spain’s scrap metal salvagers.

‘Salarymen’ brings Abandon into the office, at the very moment in history when computers first began to dominate our lives. But the dreams of a frictionless technocracy quickly hit a glitch: “the CRT screens are taken over by hypnotizing video feedbacks, triggering seizures in the workers,” explains Grey Filastine.  “The data serfs reject the machines, seek out anything natural, from the potted plants to the animals within themselves.”

To embody the salarymen, Filastine tapped the Seattle butoh dance trio P.A.N. “We have a long history of collaboration, some of our first tracks were made for P.A.N. performances,” Filastine notes. “This story was made for them: atavistic, raw.” Setting the scene for this office catharsis, Filastine sourced obsolete computers and period motivational posters to build a space of perfect spiritual emptiness.

‘Salarymen’s music also features vintage electronics, the squelching leads and lo-fi textures of classic synthesizers. “We used the same musical instruments that Kraftwerk played in their teutonic love songs to the robot, but bent the circuits for an opposite effect; the synths are harmonized with mechanical hums, and driven by percussive mouse clicks and qwerty keystrokes.”

"Filastine creates tracks so geographically and chronologically diverse that they sound less like "world" music and more like music from another world." -Pitchfork

"Powerfully political and distinctly global" - NPR Music

"Dystopian bass music for crumbling urban futures. the soundtrack to a rising heat humidity index." - Spin Magazine

"The prototype of globalized urban sound" -Prefix Mag

Abandon’s tracks will be available on Filastine’s next album, out in early 2017.

About Filastine

Filastine is the duo of composer/director Grey Filastine and vocalist/designer Nova Ruth. Before starting Filastine in 2006, Grey was part of the insurrectionary marching band Infernal Noise Brigade. He spent much of his life recording soundscapes and studying rhythm across the world. One of those travels brought him to Indonesia in 2010, where he met Nova Ruth rhyming in the hip-hop group Twin Sista. Since then Nova has added her rich musical roots to Filastine’s sound; she grew up singing pentecostal spirituals, koranic recitations in the mosque, and playing Javanese gamelan. They are now based in Barcelona.

Filastine’s compositions fuse contemporary electronic beats with concrete sounds, voices, percussion, and acoustic strings. This is future bass music from a future where the globe has been flipped, the sonic territories remixed, where syncopated mid-eastern rhythms and asian melodies shape a new urban sound. Filastine have released a trilogy of full-length albums, a dozen vinyls on an equal number of record labels, and a grip of heady conceptual mixtapes.

Beyond music, Filastine uses video, design, and now dance, as forms of universal language to communicate their vision. Last year Filastine debuted 4RRAY, a live AV system that uses bespoke software to control multi-screen projections in a powerful cinematic performance. They have toured the five continents and played nearly five hundred gigs, ranging from music festivals: Sonar (ES), Decibel (US), Les Vieilles Charrues (FR), to art spaces: V&A Museum (UK), Foreign Affairs (DE), Erarta Museum (RU) to ephemeral places: Calais Jungle migrant camp (FR), Downtown Cairo Arts (EG), Hidden Agenda (HK).

Release
10/10/2016

06/11/2016, Santa Fe, NM, Currents New Media Festival
05/03/201606/11/2016, The Trap (Beats) of Liberation: Global Electronic Duo Release The Cleaner Video, Hit the US for May/June Tour
Event
06/11/2016
Event
06/11/2016
Venue
Currents New Media Festival
Venue City, State
Santa Fe, NM
As a maid scrubs a wall of lurid pink and orange tiles in a public toilet, her body begins to rebel against the claustrophobic space. This is the tale of The Cleaner, the second installment in a four-video series, Abandon, by the electronic-meets-multimedia duo, Filastine. MORE» More»

As a maid scrubs a wall of lurid pink and orange tiles in a public toilet, her body begins to rebel against the claustrophobic space. When faced with the empty task of mopping an empty pool, she snaps, throwing aside her tools and uniform to dance with abandon.

This is the tale of The Cleaner (release: May 26, 2016), the second installment in a four-video series, Abandon, by the electronic-meets-multimedia duo, Filastine. With one partner from Indonesia, the other from the American underground, the group’s sound and vision captures the musique concrete of global capitalism, with its mix of wretched ache and real hope. In Abandon, the duo tells four tales from four perspectives (an Indonesian miner, a Portuguese maid, American office workers, and a Barcelona’s migrant scrap metal salvagers).

“As with the first video in the series, The Miner, there are two parts, two escapes in The Cleaner,” explains Grey Filastine. “The first escape is an ephemeral daydream. She comes back to the practicality of resuming her work, then reaches her epiphany, to commit, and transform daydream into reality. Yet unlike the Miner, who flees the landscape of extraction to find solace in nature, The Cleaner finds peace within herself. Her’s is a meditative, interiorized abandon.”

The music underlines this tension, hinting at the likes of Major Lazer or Flying Lotus, but with more farflung inputs. The urgent rhythms of trap & Baltimore club collide with melodies made from shouts, noises, and fragments of voice crafted of Filastine’s street recordings from South Africa to South Asia.

Filastine shot the video on one blazing hot Lisbon day, tapping the striking Portuguese-Angolan dancer Piny Orchidaceae to embody the main character. “This is the most elemental production of the Abandon series, the story that could be told without embellishments or production tricks ,” notes Grey. “I think it’s compelling for its raw urgency”

The duo will be touring the US in May and June 2016.

"Filastine creates tracks so geographically and chronologically diverse that they sound less like "world" music and more like music from another world." - Pitchfork

"Powerfully political and distinctly global" - NPR Music

"Dystopian bass music for crumbling urban futures. the soundtrack to a rising heat humidity index." - Spin Magazine

"The prototype of globalized urban sound" -Prefix Mag

Abandon’s tracks will be available on Filastine’s next album, out November 9, 2016.


About Filastine

Filastine is the duo of composer/director Grey Filastine and vocalist/designer Nova Ruth. Before starting Filastine in 2006, Grey was part of the insurrectionary marching band Infernal Noise Brigade. He spent much of his life recording soundscapes and studying rhythm across the world. One of those travels brought him to Indonesia in 2010, where he met Nova Ruth rhyming in the hip-hop group Twin Sista. Since then Nova has added her rich musical roots to Filastine’s sound; she grew up singing pentecostal spirituals, koranic recitations in the mosque, and playing Javanese gamelan. They are now based in Barcelona.

Filastine’s compositions fuse contemporary electronic beats with concrete sounds, voices, percussion, and acoustic strings. This is future bass music from a future where the globe has been flipped, the sonic territories remixed, where syncopated mid-eastern rhythms and asian melodies shape a new urban sound. Filastine have released a trilogy of full-length albums, a half dozen vinyls on an equal number of record labels, and a grip of heady conceptual mixtapes

Beyond music, Filastine uses video, design, and now dance, as forms of universal language to communicate their vision. Last year Filastine debuted 4RRAY, a live AV system that uses bespoke software to control multi-screen projections in a powerful cinematic performance. They have toured the five continents and played nearly five hundred gigs, ranging from music festivals: Sonar (ES), Decibel (US), Les Vieilles Charrues (FR), to art spaces: V&A Museum (UK), Foreign Affairs (DE), Erarta Museum (RU) to ephemeral places: Calais Jungle migrant camp (FR), Downtown Cairo Arts (EG), Hidden Agenda (HK).

Event
06/11/2016

06/04/2016, Tucson, AZ, Solar Culture Gallery, 10:00 PM
05/26/201606/04/2016, The Trap (Beats) of Liberation: Global Electronic Duo Release The Cleaner Video, Hit the US for May/June Tour
Event
06/04/2016
Event
06/04/2016
Doors Open
9:00 PM
Concert Start Time
10:00 PM
Venue
Solar Culture Gallery
Venue St. Address
31 E Toole Ave
Venue City, State
Tucson, AZ
Venue Zip
85701
Ticket Price(s)
$7.00
Ticket Phone
(520) 884-0874
As a maid scrubs a wall of lurid pink and orange tiles in a public toilet, her body begins to rebel against the claustrophobic space. This is the tale of The Cleaner, the second installment in a four-video series, Abandon, by the electronic-meets-multimedia duo, Filastine. MORE» More»

As a maid scrubs a wall of lurid pink and orange tiles in a public toilet, her body begins to rebel against the claustrophobic space. When faced with the empty task of mopping an empty pool, she snaps, throwing aside her tools and uniform to dance with abandon.

This is the tale of The Cleaner (release: May 26, 2016), the second installment in a four-video series, Abandon, by the electronic-meets-multimedia duo, Filastine. With one partner from Indonesia, the other from the American underground, the group’s sound and vision captures the musique concrete of global capitalism, with its mix of wretched ache and real hope. In Abandon, the duo tells four tales from four perspectives (an Indonesian miner, a Portuguese maid, American office workers, and a Barcelona’s migrant scrap metal salvagers).

“As with the first video in the series, The Miner, there are two parts, two escapes in The Cleaner,” explains Grey Filastine. “The first escape is an ephemeral daydream. She comes back to the practicality of resuming her work, then reaches her epiphany, to commit, and transform daydream into reality. Yet unlike the Miner, who flees the landscape of extraction to find solace in nature, The Cleaner finds peace within herself. Her’s is a meditative, interiorized abandon.”

The music underlines this tension, hinting at the likes of Major Lazer or Flying Lotus, but with more farflung inputs. The urgent rhythms of trap & Baltimore club collide with melodies made from shouts, noises, and fragments of voice crafted of Filastine’s street recordings from South Africa to South Asia.

Filastine shot the video on one blazing hot Lisbon day, tapping the striking Portuguese-Angolan dancer Piny Orchidaceae to embody the main character. “This is the most elemental production of the Abandon series, the story that could be told without embellishments or production tricks ,” notes Grey. “I think it’s compelling for its raw urgency”

The duo will be touring the US in May and June 2016.

"Filastine creates tracks so geographically and chronologically diverse that they sound less like "world" music and more like music from another world." - Pitchfork

"Powerfully political and distinctly global" - NPR Music

"Dystopian bass music for crumbling urban futures. the soundtrack to a rising heat humidity index." - Spin Magazine

"The prototype of globalized urban sound" -Prefix Mag

Abandon’s tracks will be available on Filastine’s next album, out November 9, 2016.


About Filastine

Filastine is the duo of composer/director Grey Filastine and vocalist/designer Nova Ruth. Before starting Filastine in 2006, Grey was part of the insurrectionary marching band Infernal Noise Brigade. He spent much of his life recording soundscapes and studying rhythm across the world. One of those travels brought him to Indonesia in 2010, where he met Nova Ruth rhyming in the hip-hop group Twin Sista. Since then Nova has added her rich musical roots to Filastine’s sound; she grew up singing pentecostal spirituals, koranic recitations in the mosque, and playing Javanese gamelan. They are now based in Barcelona.

Filastine’s compositions fuse contemporary electronic beats with concrete sounds, voices, percussion, and acoustic strings. This is future bass music from a future where the globe has been flipped, the sonic territories remixed, where syncopated mid-eastern rhythms and asian melodies shape a new urban sound. Filastine have released a trilogy of full-length albums, a half dozen vinyls on an equal number of record labels, and a grip of heady conceptual mixtapes

Beyond music, Filastine uses video, design, and now dance, as forms of universal language to communicate their vision. Last year Filastine debuted 4RRAY, a live AV system that uses bespoke software to control multi-screen projections in a powerful cinematic performance. They have toured the five continents and played nearly five hundred gigs, ranging from music festivals: Sonar (ES), Decibel (US), Les Vieilles Charrues (FR), to art spaces: V&A Museum (UK), Foreign Affairs (DE), Erarta Museum (RU) to ephemeral places: Calais Jungle migrant camp (FR), Downtown Cairo Arts (EG), Hidden Agenda (HK).

Event
06/04/2016

06/03/2016, New Orleans, LA, Castillo Blanco Arts Studio, 9:00 PM
05/23/201606/03/2016, The Trap (Beats) of Liberation: Global Electronic Duo Release The Cleaner Video, Hit the US for May/June Tour
Event
06/03/2016
Event
06/03/2016
Concert Start Time
9:00 PM
Venue
Castillo Blanco Arts Studio
Venue St. Address
4321 ST. Claude Ave.
Venue City, State
New Orleans, LA
Ticket Price(s)
$10.00 Cover
As a maid scrubs a wall of lurid pink and orange tiles in a public toilet, her body begins to rebel against the claustrophobic space. This is the tale of The Cleaner, the second installment in a four-video series, Abandon, by the electronic-meets-multimedia duo, Filastine. MORE» More»

As a maid scrubs a wall of lurid pink and orange tiles in a public toilet, her body begins to rebel against the claustrophobic space. When faced with the empty task of mopping an empty pool, she snaps, throwing aside her tools and uniform to dance with abandon.

This is the tale of The Cleaner (release: May 26, 2016), the second installment in a four-video series, Abandon, by the electronic-meets-multimedia duo, Filastine. With one partner from Indonesia, the other from the American underground, the group’s sound and vision captures the musique concrete of global capitalism, with its mix of wretched ache and real hope. In Abandon, the duo tells four tales from four perspectives (an Indonesian miner, a Portuguese maid, American office workers, and a Barcelona’s migrant scrap metal salvagers).

“As with the first video in the series, The Miner, there are two parts, two escapes in The Cleaner,” explains Grey Filastine. “The first escape is an ephemeral daydream. She comes back to the practicality of resuming her work, then reaches her epiphany, to commit, and transform daydream into reality. Yet unlike the Miner, who flees the landscape of extraction to find solace in nature, The Cleaner finds peace within herself. Her’s is a meditative, interiorized abandon.”

The music underlines this tension, hinting at the likes of Major Lazer or Flying Lotus, but with more farflung inputs. The urgent rhythms of trap & Baltimore club collide with melodies made from shouts, noises, and fragments of voice crafted of Filastine’s street recordings from South Africa to South Asia.

Filastine shot the video on one blazing hot Lisbon day, tapping the striking Portuguese-Angolan dancer Piny Orchidaceae to embody the main character. “This is the most elemental production of the Abandon series, the story that could be told without embellishments or production tricks ,” notes Grey. “I think it’s compelling for its raw urgency”

The duo will be touring the US in May and June 2016.

"Filastine creates tracks so geographically and chronologically diverse that they sound less like "world" music and more like music from another world." - Pitchfork

"Powerfully political and distinctly global" - NPR Music

"Dystopian bass music for crumbling urban futures. the soundtrack to a rising heat humidity index." - Spin Magazine

"The prototype of globalized urban sound" -Prefix Mag

Abandon’s tracks will be available on Filastine’s next album, out November 9, 2016.


About Filastine

Filastine is the duo of composer/director Grey Filastine and vocalist/designer Nova Ruth. Before starting Filastine in 2006, Grey was part of the insurrectionary marching band Infernal Noise Brigade. He spent much of his life recording soundscapes and studying rhythm across the world. One of those travels brought him to Indonesia in 2010, where he met Nova Ruth rhyming in the hip-hop group Twin Sista. Since then Nova has added her rich musical roots to Filastine’s sound; she grew up singing pentecostal spirituals, koranic recitations in the mosque, and playing Javanese gamelan. They are now based in Barcelona.

Filastine’s compositions fuse contemporary electronic beats with concrete sounds, voices, percussion, and acoustic strings. This is future bass music from a future where the globe has been flipped, the sonic territories remixed, where syncopated mid-eastern rhythms and asian melodies shape a new urban sound. Filastine have released a trilogy of full-length albums, a half dozen vinyls on an equal number of record labels, and a grip of heady conceptual mixtapes

Beyond music, Filastine uses video, design, and now dance, as forms of universal language to communicate their vision. Last year Filastine debuted 4RRAY, a live AV system that uses bespoke software to control multi-screen projections in a powerful cinematic performance. They have toured the five continents and played nearly five hundred gigs, ranging from music festivals: Sonar (ES), Decibel (US), Les Vieilles Charrues (FR), to art spaces: V&A Museum (UK), Foreign Affairs (DE), Erarta Museum (RU) to ephemeral places: Calais Jungle migrant camp (FR), Downtown Cairo Arts (EG), Hidden Agenda (HK).

Event
06/03/2016